Rasmussen poll: Americans Want to Keep Postal Service Public But Cut Delivery to 5 Days

Although many Americans today rely on electronic forms of communication, they still believe there is a need for the U.S. Postal Service. But they’re okay with cutting back snail mail delivery to five days a week.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 31% of Adults think the government should consider selling the money-losing Postal Service to a private company. Fifty percent (50%) disagree and think it should remain in the public sector. Nineteen percent (19%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The Postal Service is seeking Congress’ permission to drop Saturday mail delivery as a way to cut costs, and 52% of Americans think that’s a good idea. But that’s down six points from 58% last March. Thirty-four percent (34%) now want to keep Saturday delivery, while 14% more are not sure.

In July, 68% said they would rather see mail delivery cut to five days a week and avoid raising the price of stamps as opposed to keeping the six-day delivery and raising stamp prices.

The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on February 13-14, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Most Americans continue to give the USPS high marks as they have for several years. Sixty-four percent (64%) rate its performance as good or excellent, consistent with previous findings. Just 11% say the Postal Service is doing a poor job.

Seventy-seven percent (77%) think it is at least somewhat likely that there will still be a need for the Postal Service in 10 years, down six points from May 2009. Just 15% say it is not likely there will still be a need for the service. These findings include 42% who see it’s Very Likely and a mere three percent (3%) who say it is Not At All Likely.

Interestingly, younger adults feel as strongly about the continuing need for the Postal Service as older adults do.

Just one percent (1%) of adults said in a survey in July that they use the U.S. mail the most to communicate with friends and family. But an earlier separate survey found that most adults (52%) still used the mail to pay their bills.

Sixty-two percent (62%) of Democrats and a plurality (47%) of adults not affiliated with either major party oppose selling the USPS to a private company. Republicans are almost evenly divided on the question.

In July, 52% of all adults said private companies should be able to compete with the Postal Service by offering mail delivery. But 36% said mail service would be worse if run by a private company. Federal law now prohibits private companies from competing with the Postal Service for mail delivery.

Nearly half of American adults say postage stamps cost too much. But if they were charged a small amount for each e-mail they sent, 37% say they would stop sending e-mails altogether.

via Americans Want to Keep Postal Service Public But Cut Delivery to Five Days – Rasmussen Reportsâ„¢.

  • R H

    ONCE AGAIN, THE PEOPLE WHO SAY THE SERVICE IS POOR AND THE STAMPS COST TOO MUCH ARE PEOPLE WHO NEED TO BE EDUCATED AND SHOULD STOP SHOOTING FROM THE HIP. DON’T HAVE AN OPINION BECAUSE IT IS FASHIONABLE, OR BASED ON IGNORANCE. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.

  • JR

    Probably another 1 million dollar survey the Postmaster General paid for to try and get rid of Saturday delivery. Give it up fools, Saturdays are here to stay for a while!!! Ask Obama!! P.S We had 3 supervisors supervising 10 routes this morning and they wonder where all of our money is going! Wake up Donahue and get rid of these FLOUNDERS aka supervisors

  • SP

    Once again these rather conservative leaning national surveys (only FOX News is more consevative) are trying to make people believe that the P.O. gets their funds directly from federal tax dollars and the P.O.’s financial losses are raising the national debt. They should have worded the number 4 question to read that the proceeds from the sale of the P.O. to private companies could be used to reduce the national debt.

  • Guy Nohrenberg

    It’s simple really. If someone doesn’t want mail delivery, they just remove their box. They can stop bagging on the Postal Service and find some other mystical aura to blame for their own issues. If they want 5 day delivery, then simply don’t go to the box on one day of the week.. your choice.. because no matter what anyone says… EVERY DAY THERE ARE A TON OF PEOPLE WAITING FOR AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF MAIL. There. Glad I cleared that one up. So, just get rid of the few crooks in the organization by enabling the OIG to get prosecutiona approvals, do a tastey VERA and hire a bunch of people on the beginning tier. Shazam. We’re in the black.

    Guy Nohrenberg
    tindad@sbcglobal.net

  • Ronnie

    @JR – those 3 supervisors will probably have to work 10/12 hours today without overtime (I’m sure you’d be willing to do that)…and you say they are only “supervising” 10 routes,… no clerks?….no window operations?…no box section operations?…not saying that they can’t get it done with less, but to say they are only “watching” 10 routes is understating it…how many routes are you guys splitting daily?

  • carrier1

    5 day delivery will be the downfall of the USPS…